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Old 2013-06-05, 09:49   Link #1201
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I don't see why going there would be a bad idea. They're very friendly and welcoming to international guests, and manga is a visual art. I had a wonderful time at the museum and spoke basically no Japanese at the time I went.

As far as I know the market is every month at To-ji and yes, just that one day. I'm not 100% sure it's the 25th but it's definitely in the mid 20's.
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Old 2013-06-05, 11:43   Link #1202
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I don't see why going there would be a bad idea. They're very friendly and welcoming to international guests, and manga is a visual art. I had a wonderful time at the museum and spoke basically no Japanese at the time I went.
Maybe it's just me then, paying too much attention to the story, and eeing the drawings as a complement to it
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Old 2013-06-05, 16:27   Link #1203
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Going there by yourself in Kyoto without knowing how to read or speak Japanese in the first place would be really a bad idea. I do know how to read and since I do like manga, I would probably enjoy the hell out of manga museum.



Is it in June and just one day? If so I'll definitely drop by To-ji. I might not be able to make it.
I found it really strange that in Kyoto, as compared to Tokyo, almost everyone spoke English.
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Old 2013-06-05, 23:43   Link #1204
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I found it really strange that in Kyoto, as compared to Tokyo, almost everyone spoke English.
More temporary visitors who are genuinely interested in learning about the Japanese culture and less foreign businessmen and English teachers who are paid to discourage the locals from communicating with foreigners
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Old 2013-06-09, 15:09   Link #1205
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I'll be visiting Japan soon, do they still cosplay at Harajuku on Sunday? I've heard they moved to Tokyo dome because cosplay gatherings has been prohibited at Harajuku? Any other places beside Tokyo dome which is comparable to what Harajuku was?
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Old 2013-06-09, 19:07   Link #1206
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Harajuku cosplay isn't what is was, partly because some of the girls started to get creeped out by all the gawking from foreigners and partly because someone decided they should move it to Tokyo Dome and charge 2000 (plus 500 to take photos). But you still see some cosplayers by the bridge on Sunday if you get there pretty early.
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Old 2013-06-09, 20:42   Link #1207
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I'll be visiting Japan soon, do they still cosplay at Harajuku on Sunday? I've heard they moved to Tokyo dome because cosplay gatherings has been prohibited at Harajuku? Any other places beside Tokyo dome which is comparable to what Harajuku was?
There are still cosplayers (goth-lolis mainly) between Harajuku station and Yoyogi entrance, but as guardian_enzo wrote not as many as 10 years ago and the same is true for all the subcultures that used to gather in and around Yoyogi park.

If you want to cosplay, check this site for events, themes and entrance fees (when existing for participants and observers)... in between, it makes all the sense in the world that organizers will charge more the photographers, and depending on the event and organizers charge less or nothing the observers.

In any case, if you want to cosplay or photograph for free there is always comiket, and it's insanely long lines to get to, enter, change clothes, find a spot, change back, and leave
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Old 2013-06-10, 01:47   Link #1208
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Thanks for the quick replies. We weren't specifically going for the cosplay, it was just mentioned a lot online and i thought it would be nice to check it out, as i've never seen any cosplay before :P

But if it's paid these days in Tokyo Dome, guess we will just pass on it. Perhaps we will see some cosplayers on our way from Harajuku to Yoyogi park.

Too bad though, I was kinda looking forward to it.

How is the quality of the Tokyo dome cosplay btw? Just out of curiosity

And thanks for the link AmeNoJaku, but we can't read Japanese And we probably won't be changing our initial plans to specifically visit a cosplay event unless it's on one of the locations we had in mind already.
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Old 2013-07-21, 08:50   Link #1209
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Thanks for the tip on Harajuku Sundays. I am planning on visiting Tokyo in September. When I was in Japan for the first time, I wasn't able to go around much in Tokyo because my trip was mostly in Kansai. I only spent 4 days in Tokyo and one of that was wasted in Disneyland ^^;
I haven't even been to Universal Studios. I heard it's even more awesome than the one in Singapore.
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Old 2013-07-31, 17:55   Link #1210
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Does anyone know of a site(s) with accounts of expatriates living in Japan? I've been wondering what it's like for (Americans in particular) foreigners who moved there and the change their lifestyles have taken.
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Old 2013-07-31, 18:34   Link #1211
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Does anyone know of a site(s) with accounts of expatriates living in Japan? I've been wondering what it's like for (Americans in particular) foreigners who moved there and the change their lifestyles have taken.
Most english language sites with info about Japan are frequented by americans living there (visitjapan, gaijinpot, etc). You can also try out meetup.com, I think they had one or two groups for homesick americans
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Old 2013-07-31, 19:59   Link #1212
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Does anyone know of a site(s) with accounts of expatriates living in Japan? I've been wondering what it's like for (Americans in particular) foreigners who moved there and the change their lifestyles have taken.
Gaijinpot is the most trafficked. But beware - while there's good info there, many of the posters are quite frankly a-holes who love to mock and belittle any newbie who dares try to contribute.

I moved to Japan from the US about 9 months ago and have a "Tokyo Diaries" tab on my site, if you're interested in one view on the move.
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Old 2013-08-03, 18:22   Link #1213
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Gaijinpot is the most trafficked. But beware - while there's good info there, many of the posters are quite frankly a-holes who love to mock and belittle any newbie who dares try to contribute.

I moved to Japan from the US about 9 months ago and have a "Tokyo Diaries" tab on my site, if you're interested in one view on the move.
I AGREE! I WAS ONCED OUT THERE! I've been into Japanese forum sites before because it was my dream to be able to go to Japan and make a living there. Now I've been into gaijinpot, I was hoping to improve my language there and ask for some advice on how will I be able to go there starting from zero. Most of them will just mock you and will belittle you. Seriously, I've been into arguments against them, I was clearly insulted but people takes sides, they didn't considered how I was being insulted and got offended. I don't recommend this site either, they are not helping, generally discouraging. My friend was right though, nihonjin are really kind but just shy, the arrogant ones are those gaijins, trying to discourage newbies as if they never once became one.
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Old 2013-08-04, 15:58   Link #1214
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I was looking into teaching positions but it seems like a pretty hard way of life for most.
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Old 2013-08-18, 08:02   Link #1215
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Does anyone know of a site(s) with accounts of expatriates living in Japan? I've been wondering what it's like for (Americans in particular) foreigners who moved there and the change their lifestyles have taken.
Hey there. You might want to try expat-blog.com or any expat living related. They have discussions for many countries, including Japan.
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Old 2013-09-08, 15:23   Link #1216
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Hey guys

I'll be going to Tokyo this friday

There I will stay in a host family for about 5 weeks.

Can you give me any advice what I should visit or do?


Is there anything you always wanted to know about japan, culture, japanese...
Post it and i will try to find it out while i am there.



thanks for you comments.
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Old 2013-09-08, 15:27   Link #1217
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Seriously, plan for it when you get there, why? No one can count all the good places that you can visit when you're in Tokyo. I mean, if you live in the city proper, basically, everything is just in front of your eyes, and all you have to do is visit it 1 by 1. I'd say, 5 weeks is not enough to enjoy Tokyo. Atleast, that's what my friends had told me when they visited there like few months ago.
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Old 2013-09-08, 16:00   Link #1218
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There is already a "visiting japan" thread, but congratulations. Make sure you spend as much time as possible possible talking to people and looking at the country and not sitting in front of the computer. EDIT: Also don't tell them you like anime, unless they bring it up. Even then, be modest.
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Old 2013-09-08, 16:12   Link #1219
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Are you gonna stay the whole 5 weeks only in Tokyo?

I know many places, but 5 weeks is a lot of time.. If you don't have school/work or something of that sort.
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Old 2013-09-08, 20:38   Link #1220
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Hey guys

I'll be going to Tokyo this friday

There I will stay in a host family for about 5 weeks.

Can you give me any advice what I should visit or do?


Is there anything you always wanted to know about japan, culture, japanese...
Post it and i will try to find it out while i am there.



thanks for you comments.
anime/manga related: Have a stroll in Akihabara and Nakano broadway. Also check if there is a Commitia or Comic Sunshine expos when you are there, they are way less crowded than Comiket and Comic1, which means you get more chances to talk with the artists and having to wait 1-2 hours per line.

landscape gardens and parks: Yoyogi and Ueno parks are nice to chill out and are free. Shinjuku Gyoen looks beautiful in autumn colors. Also if you have time pay a visit to Kiyomsumi and Hamarikyu gardens.

historical/religious related: Start with the National Museum in Ueno to get some context, then Meiji, Kanda, Hie shrines, as well as the buddhist complex of Asakusa.

daytrips: Kamakura (for temples and shrines) and Nikkou (Tokugawa graves and an amazing national park)

castles: Unfortunately there is non close to Tokyo that worths the visit when one has traveled west of Nagoya, so I guess Odawa is your best bet.

must-do long trip: Kyoto!!!!!

must-do very-long-trip: Matsue and Izumo in Shimane, Kyuushu too but it's really far even by Shinkansen.

OK, back to Tokyo...

contemporary architecture/views: Ride the creepy Yurikamome over the Rainbow Bridge to Odaiba and walk around the island. Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Tower, Shinjuku Goverment Biulding, for views of the city from very different locations. You can also try Tokyo Dome and that mall in Roppongi.

rock/metal related: GODZ and MOTHER bars in Kabuki-chou. The staff and most japanese can speak at least basic english, and you get to pick music... they are open from 22:00-5:00 everyday... so if you like to listen anything from U2 to Craddle of Filth, you must check them out!

meat markets/dancing: Ageha is a little better then Gaspanic and the like.

teenage fashion: start from Shibuya and walk along the shopping street to Roppongi, this will give you a good sample of how japanese fashion victims progress from lolis to old hags

experiences (not pleasant, but unique): Tsukiji fish market, Shinjuku station during rush hour, Shinkansen, kombini, maid/buttler cafes, Tora no Ana, pachinko, arcades (particularly if you can spectate a trournament).

These come from the top of my head
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